Part-time, 2-year blended

For professionals who possess teaching certification in physical education (or a related field) the traditional online MS in PETE program may be the right fit. Delivered in a hybrid format, students complete online courses during fall and spring semesters and blended courses (online and two weeks on-campus) during the summers. The program takes two years to complete (including two summers) and focuses on practical application of research and developmentally appropriate teaching practices within online and on-campus courses.  

Plan of Study

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Master of Science degree is designed for certified teachers who work full time. The plan of study is aligned with the SHAPE America Advanced Teaching Standards in Physical Education. The goal of the program is to develop advanced teacher candidates in three important areas: Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice, and Professional Leadership. Students are admitted once a year, so they complete the program with their cohort or community of learners. Program highlights include:

  • The thirty credit hour program includes a balance of online courses (taken during the spring and fall semesters) and hybrid courses which consist of a combination of online and two full weeks on campus (including the Saturday/Sunday between both weeks).
  • Students are introduced to new forms of physical activities that can be immediately incorporated into one's curriculum through one-credit hour special topics course during the summer on the weekend between the weeks on campus.
  • Practical application of research-based and developmentally appropriate teaching practices are emphasized through a variety of assignments embedded within fall and spring online courses and through a one credit hour advanced labs in the fall or spring semester following the summer courses (e.g., PET 683 Principles of Effective Teaching is completed in the summer (3 cr), and in the fall participants evaluate their teaching effectiveness as part of the 1-cr Advanced Lab class; or in the spring semester participants revise their PE curriculum to include one of the models covered in PET 665 [completed the previous summer]).

Normal completion time is two years (summer - fall - spring - summer - fall - spring). No more than twelve graduate hours may be taken toward the master's degree as a non-degree seeking graduate student. The program has been approved as a part of Southern Regional Electronic College and therefore will be offered at IN-STATE TUITION for all participants.

NOTE: This is not a licensure program and will not provide initial teaching certification in physical education. The program is designed for certified physical educators who are seeking professional development and career advancement. Some states and school districts may provide an endorsement for certified teachers upon completion of the program and after passing content area exams such as the PRAXIS II. However, it is YOUR responsibility to investigate this option before entering the program.